Suffice it to say - Saturday was not my day. The short story is...I felt horrible and my goal time of 1:58 went out the window before mile 1...and I finished at 2:18:03. If you want the long story, keep reading -- or just enjoy the pictures!
The day began bright and early. The 5 girls I was staying with all crammed into a Mazda Tribute with my friend Dawn and her husband. We were staying just a few miles from the start, so it was a short trip! We unloaded, hit the bathroom (and by bathroom, I actually mean squatting behind a building), took some selfies, and waited to start.
(this picture was about mile 3 maybe, and I'm feeling AWFUL and trying to point to my friend Heidi so that our cheer section would cheer for her too - I fake smiled.)
After a few minutes in line there, I hopped back into the race and felt like a different person. I focused on enjoying the run. I picked off person by person, eventually passing the 2:20 pace group. The whole time, I was searching for my friend Dawn. I knew that she would be somewhere around 2:15.
At mile 10, I started to feel pain in my leg. I've had a nagging hip/hamstring thing since marathon training. It got really bad about 2 weeks ago and I was nervous about it for this race. I stopped several times for the rest of the race to just stretch out my leg. Also - I hadn't found Dawn yet.
But, about mile 12.9ish - I rounded a corner, and there was Dawn. She was walking, and I yelled her name. She turned around and was rather surprised to see me - she figured I would've finished about 20 minutes ago. Heck, I thought that too. We ran in the rest of the way together.
My friends all did awesome!!! For 2 of these girls, it was their first half. They were amazing!
So Saturday was not my day. It was a fairly humbling experience to be walking along watching so many people pass you by, while you're thinking you might not even finish the race. All in all, the weather was perfect, my friends all had awesome races, and I don't have to run 13 miles again until the fall!!
Things I learned from this experience:
1. For the love of Pete - make sure your darn watch is charged.
2. Foam rolling is not optional.
3. Strength training is important. Not only did I feel stronger last year, when I was doing consistent strength work, but my body shape was different too.
4. You can't out run a bad diet. Seriously - why am I still learning this lesson???
5. Being a "goal crusher" doesn't have anything to do with time. Sure, I wanted to set a new PR Saturday. Instead, I ended up with my 3rd slowest time ever. But, on Saturday - being a goal crusher meant not quitting. It meant being able to re-evaluate my goals on the fly and work to accomplish them mid-race.